5 September: International Day of Charity
The International Day of Charity was observed globally on September 5, 2018 with an aim to recognise the role of charity in alleviating human suffering within and among nations, as well as to recognise the efforts of charitable organisations and individuals such as Mother Teresa.
Day commemorates death anniversary of Mother Teresa
The Day commemorates the death anniversary of Mother Teresa who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her charity work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress.
Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910. In 1928, she went to India and devoted herself to helping the poor. In 1950, she founded the Order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkota (Calcutta) which became noted for its work among the poor and the dying in that city.
Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997 at 87 years of age. She was proclaimed as a Saint by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016.
When was the Day proclaimed?
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 5 September as International Day of Charity on December 17, 2012 through its resolution A/RES/67/105PDF.
On this day, the United Nations invites all member states and all international and regional organizations, as well as civil society to commemorate the Day by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.
The day was first celebrated in the year 2013.
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